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MECHANICS CORNER

Ethanol Is the Fuel of Cars, Conversations Automotive advice from The Under The Hood radio show

Ethanol is the fuel that feeds not only our engines’ fire

their cars without having to go into their shop. From those

but also the fire of many conversations. It is our belief that

conversations we find that many shops have told them to

ethanol is the fuel that can make a difference in our future.

not use ethanol so they are leery of it and switch between

It’s clean burning, renewable and good for our vehicles.

10 percent and no ethanol or buying premium non-ethanol

That is what we believe now, but even as mechanics we

fuel when their car didn’t require it. Under The Hood is not

needed education first to reach that conclusion. In 1990, when I came to South Dakota, one of the first things I noticed was a difference at the fuel pump. The pump read “contains ethanol.” I wasn’t sure what it meant, so I asked and received a mix of everything from love to hate. I had been a mechanic for a while and I had to make a choice, and my choice was to use ethanol. My car was a carbureted 1979 Chevrolet. While driving it for another 15 years, I never had an issue with it due to the fuel. I spent a large amount of time over those years as a mechanic and attending trainings

from

manufacturers

and

independent trainers. Working with mechanics, technicians often discussed ethanol. Cars would come in, and when a drivability issue couldn’t be nailed down as one specific thing, a lot of techs would say, “It has to be the fuel, so try non-ethanol gas.” I have now been a

about politics; it’s about what’s good for

Under The Hood is not about politics; it’s about what’s good for your car. We will continue to bring our listeners information that helps them save money and keep their car running as best as it can.

mechanic for over 30 years, and while

your car. We will continue to bring our listeners information that helps them save money and keep their car running as best as it can. We believe there is a need for educating both

the

mechanics

and

general

consumer. For years we have listened to mechanics and consumers who have said ethanol is bad. But when you ask them why, they can’t give an educated answer

derived

from

independent

testing. Rather, it’s from word of mouth. As a mechanic and talk show host, I strive to know more. I look at many test results and ask my friends who are mechanics to show me evidence of parts that failed due to ethanol. All of the results I found reaffirm my decision that ethanol is the best choice for a car’s fuel. I will continue to research and study findings as automobiles change. The Under The Hood radio show is America’s Favorite Car-talk show heard on over 230 stations and podcast. The Motor Medics — Russ, Chris and Shannon

some views on ethanol have changed, others have not.

— are three great

Unfortunately, most of it is based solely on opinion.

friends having fun

As the working manager of an automotive service center,

and offering a wide

it is my job to pass on accurate information to my customers.

range of automotive

Consumers want to know how to care for their vehicles, and

advice without the

the No. 1 source for their information is often the shop that

aid

services their vehicle. As the host of Under The Hood, my

computers

partners and myself also are a source of that information

reference guides.

of

in-studio or

over the radio where listeners tune in to learn more about

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